In the latest shocking story out of Atlanta a 10-year-old girl was found dead, stuffed into a trash bin. The young girl was severely malnourished as well as being full of bruises and welts, presumably from beatings.
The child, who was called Emani Moss, had tried to run away from her abusive father and stepmother on a few occasions and often arrived at school with evidence on her body that she had endured physical abuse.
When Emani's body was found in the trash bin in Lawrenceville on Saturday, it was charred from being burned. It was also covered in welts and bruises.
The father of the child, Eman Moss, and her stepmother, Tiffany Moss, have been charged with concealing a body, child cruelty and murder. They are being held without bond in the Gwinnett County jail.
The autopsy report showed that Emani was only burnt after she was killed, most likely as an attempt to hide her dead body. The report also showed that Emani was severely underweight, and had been completely denied food for days prior to her tragic death.
In 2010, when Emani was just six-years-old, she told a nurse at the school she attended that she was afraid to go home with a bad report card due to the threat of violence from her parents.
On further investigation the same school nurse found welts and bruises on Emani's chest, back, shoulders, arms and legs. When Tiffany Moss was questioned she alleged that she only hit her stepdaughter with a belt a total of three times. She was arrested at that time for child cruelty.
It remains to be seen what sentence will be given to the couple who abused their daughter, seemingly to death.
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